At Curry, we believe in a holistic approach to education. Learners often have needs that cannot be met with just one method. That is why we teach our students to view the learner from various angles, considering emotional, physical, and social needs in addition to intellectual. By offering many areas of study, including counselor education, kinesiology, special education, psychology, gifted education, and more, our students understand how to connect across disciplines and help their future students reach their greatest potential.
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Administration and Supervision
If you are passionate about equity and educational opportunities for all learners and are ready to make a broader impact on your community, our Administration & Supervision program can help you develop into a top-tier education leader. Under the direction of the Curry School’s nationally acclaimed faculty, you will be able to determine effective solutions to the current challenges facing educational leaders at the elementary and secondary levels.
The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology prepares students to make substantial contributions to the field of psychology. You will gain knowledge of what affects behavioral systems and individual functioning, especially in learning and family environments, in addition to a grounding in many areas of psychological development. Upon graduation, you will have the expertise to step into a research or practice leadership position, specializing in children and families, and school psychology.
The Curry School Counselor Education Program is unique for two important reasons – the exceptionally high student engagement and mentorship of the faculty, and the strong focus of in-school experience. You will learn how to become a culturally competent counselor who advocates vigorously for students ages pre-K–16, and use research and an evidence-based approaches to develop comprehensive programs that challenge the status quo. Upon graduation, students have the competency to address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development that affect students.
Curriculum and Instruction Design plays a vital role in improving education outcomes for students. At the Curry School, our research and evidence-based approach in the Curriculum and Instruction program ensures our graduates go into the world with the best possible background that empowers them to spearhead improvements in our education system. Graduates of Curry's highly ranked Curriculum and Instruction program often find meaningful, impactful employment inside the K-12 classroom. Graduates have also gone into higher education, government, educational policy positions, and careers in research. In addition, curriculum development and instruction are needed in all kinds of fields so graduates find ample opportunities in business, the military, and more.
School policy decisions effect the entire community, but most of these policies are decided by politicians who have not had formal teaching or school administration experience. That’s where our graduates come in, providing evidence-based research results and proven-effective methods that educates politicians and the public so the best policy decisions can be made to build strong communities.
This program focuses on improving the social and cognitive lives of children and adolescents. EP-ADS students learn theory and engage in hands-on research experiences that examine how school and out-of-school settings influence learning and development. Students also engage in developing and evaluating interventions designed to support children and youth. Graduates from the program leave Curry prepared for educational science careers in academic, policy and research organizations.
Elementary educators are critical to setting children on the right path for success. In addition to teaching, they nurture students and support their emotional growth, providing them with the strong foundation on which to build a successful educational path. They leave long-lasting, positive impressions that transcend the classroom. You can learn the skills for this important career at the 6th-ranked Elementary Education program in the country. In addition, Curry School teacher education graduates enjoy a 100% job placement rate.
As an English teacher, you will not only teach this important foundational communications skill, you’ll engage students in a variety of literary genres including classic texts, creative writing, poetry, web-based media, and more. The diversity of methods English teachers are able to use makes this profession especially enjoyable and fulfilling.
To realize the incredible potential of our increasingly multilingual and multicultural PreK-12 student population, teachers and researchers need to understand how to support the academic and linguistic development of students who are learning English as an additional language. The Curry School offers a range of programs and degrees for educators to choose from in order to address the needs of their multilingual students and help them prosper.
Teaching foreign language can be vastly rewarding, both in terms of the impact you have on your students and the value it creates for your own career. A Teacher Education Foreign Language degree opens several job opportunities. Our one-year PGMT degree allows you to teach in middle or high school. M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduates teach foreign languages or are involved in the curriculum and instruction of foreign language programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions. Many of our Ed.D. graduates have gone on to positions in PreK-12 settings, higher education, foundations, NGOs and government agencies.
All students have gifts, but some have exceptional strengths. However, gifted students aren’t always identified and their abilities understood. As a Gifted Education teacher, you choose to become the person who elevates those strengths and helps these students reach their full potential. At the Curry School, your studies will focus on ways to recognize these students and develop strategies for working productively with them in a variety of settings. Also in this program, you will evaluate existing and new gifted education methodologies and services, as well as analyze and contribute to research in the field.
The atmosphere at institutions of higher education is vibrant and dynamic. With a career in Higher Education, you’ll be surrounded by leaders in their fields who are constantly developing new ideas — and excited students who are ready to learn and apply them. A career in Higher Education allows you to contribute your own ideas and expertise to this environment, supporting your institution’s mission to drive progress and change students’ lives through education. A graduate degree in Higher Education from the Curry School enables you to think critically about institutional priorities and commitments, ensure optimal functioning of administrative units, or to share your love of learning as a professor.
Schools, businesses and government organizations are turning to new ever-evolving technologies to more effectively engage learners, improve the quality of the learning experience, and increase performance. As such, many educators need to expand their skills in instructional technology to become more effective and innovative integrators of technology into the learning experience. With a Curry School degree, you'll leave with a robust portfolio progressively built throughout the program demonstrating your creativity, competencies, and curiosity. Our graduates can design engaging, effective, and innovative learning environments and also lead them.
Are you interested in designing and delivering programs for physical activity, rehabilitation, sport and exercise that enhances the performance and quality of life for young and old? The Kinesiology program at the Curry School does just that by providing a unique blend of direct instruction by top faculty, field and clinical practice, and various research opportunities. Our many degree options provide a choice of career paths, and graduates of Curry's Kinesiology program go on to fulfilling, successful careers.
You’ve always loved math, and maybe you want to teach it. Or maybe you want to have a greater hand in shaping curriculum so that you can inspire more students to go into fields requiring math skills. At the Curry School, we provide a variety of degree options in order to help you achieve your personal goals for math education. Math educators are always in high demand, and Curry School teacher education graduates enjoy several job opportunites.
Reading is the foundation of all learning. As such, reading educators provide students with the means to succeed, in school and in life. There is no better place to become a Reading educator than the nationally recognized Reading Education program at the Curry School. Graduates of our program teach children in elementary and secondary classrooms, coach colleagues in exemplary schools, train future teachers in colleges and universities, and conduct research. We are also home to the McGuffey Reading Center, the oldest continuously operating University-based reading center in the country.
When you graduate from Curry’s Research, Statistics & Evaluation (RSE) program, you will have gained an understanding of historical and philosophical foundations of educational research, methodological expertise in multiple modes of disciplined inquiry, and practical experience under the guidance of a mentor to design and conduct research. Most of our students choose to develop a plan of study with a focus in quantitative methods, qualitative methods, or program evaluation to match their career goals. Graduates work as researchers, evaluators, policy analysts, assessment specialists and/or professors in a variety of professional settings.
Whether you decide to teach science or develop curriculum that will inspire more students to enter into science careers, you’ll never be bored. New advances in science are being made daily as our knowledge base and technologies increase. At the Curry School, we offer several avenues for you to either teach science or create the best course materials and curriculum to reach students. In addition, we have received a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide tuition scholarships to applicants.
In the Social Foundations program, you will examine issues that reach beyond the given roles and goals of educational specialists and practitioners and delve into the complex interrelationships between school and society as well as education and culture. Discover how schools are viewed as social organizations having policies that affect and are affected by collective intellectual perspectives. Because Social Foundations provides a broad understanding of education in its larger dimensions, this program can be described as the “humanities of education.” Graduates pursue careers in elementary through higher education teaching, in policy-related functions in schools and school systems, and in various research and governmental agencies.
How are cultures and civilizations formed? How did we get where we are today? How do humans think? There are a million questions you can use to ignite your students’ curiosity, help them become better citizens and share your love of social studies. At the Curry School, you have the opportunity to learn from renowned faculty at one of the best graduate schools in the country. We offer several avenues for you to either teach social studies or create the best course materials and curriculum to reach students. In addition, Curry School teacher education graduates enjoy an excellent job placement rate.
The Curry School's Special Education program prepares you to become a teacher, consultant, clinician or a teacher educator and researcher who can promote the application of evidence-based practices to the service of children and youth with special education needs. We offer degree programs if you are just beginning your career as a special educator, as well as advanced graduate programs if you have extensive experience and seek to help others by discovering and disseminating new evidence about effective practices. Special education teaching is the #1 teacher shortage area in the country. Teachers specializing in special ed are in high demand.
Communication skills affect not only learning, but also everyday quality of life. By helping those who struggle with various speech communication disorders, Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists and those involved with research provide an invaluable service. At the Curry School, we offer three Speech Communication Disorders degrees taught by high-caliber, collaborative scientists. Students receive a large amount of practical, hands-on experience through our clinic Sheila C. Johnson Center. This program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Our nationally recognized programs are designed to prepare you to meet the challenges of today’s elementary, middle and high schools. At the Curry School, you can learn from nationally renowned faculty, and participate in ample field experience to be ready and confident for your teaching position. Graduates from the Curry School's MT programs enjoy an excellent job placement rate. In addition, teaching in the classroom provides excellent experience, and builds specific skills that are directly transferable to many other fields if you wish to change your career track in the future.
Embark on a career doing meaningful work with, or on behalf of, youth. With its dual emphasis on rigorous academic preparation and innovative skill-building, this program prepares graduates for careers in both the private and nonprofit sectors. You'll learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of existing social innovations for youth, and collaborate with a team to design new ones. You'll also gain critical conceptual and practical skills in the development, implementation and evaluation of youth programs and policies.
All of the undergraduate programs at the Curry School include significant field experiences or practicums where you will be engaging with real people, making a real difference. If you are looking to jump-start your role in making an impact on your community, we invite you to join the Curry School of Education as an undergrad.
Master of Teaching
On-grounds, this state-approved educator preparation program blends full-time Curry coursework and on-going school-based experiences in Charlottesville and surrounding counties in a structured plan of study leading to a Master of Teaching degree.
Master of Education
The Master of Education (MEd) degree focuses on advanced training in disciplines related to education.
The Education Specialist degree is a planned 30-credit (minimum) post-master’s program in which candidates are expected to attain a broad and systematic understanding of professional education, a definitive knowledge of a particular field of specialization, and an ability to integrate and apply theoretical concepts of education in an actual educational context.
Doctor of Education
The Ed.D. program prepares practitioner-scholars to become leaders within their professions. Students participate in coursework, research, and field work that focus on the problems faced by educators in schools and other educational institutions.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. program prepares scholars who engage in original research. Students participate in research apprenticeships, assisting their faculty mentors in such activities as conceptualizing research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and writing for publication.